Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1370

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1370, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to simplify and streamline the property division process of the Employees' Retirement System.


     Specifically, the measure:


     (1)  Creates statutory authority for the Employees' Retirement System to make direct payment to the former spouse of a member or retirant who has been awarded a portion of the member's or retirant's retirement benefits as part of a property division adjudicated, ordered, or decreed by a Family Court in a divorce proceeding; and


     (2)  Appropriates moneys for the planning and expenditures necessary to implement the measure.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Employees' Retirement System.


     Your Committee finds that this measure will:


     (1)  Ensure that a member's or retirant's retirement benefits are correctly divided pursuant to a divorce action award and promptly paid, with the appropriate tax consequences for both the member or retirant and the former spouse; and


     (2)  Help align chapter 88, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which applies only to private employers.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting the substantive provisions of the bill;


     (2)  Replacing its contents with part II of S.B. No. 2346, S.D. 2, which similarly provides for the division of a retirant's retirement benefits pursuant to a divorce action and conforms appropriate tax consequences;


     (3)  Adding an unspecified appropriation from the expense fund of the Employees' Retirement System for planning and expenditures necessary to implement the measure; and


     (4)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2076, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1370, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1370, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,